Touch and Massage for Special Circumstances

We’ve told you how fostering your baby’s development through touch can help create a special bond between parent and newborns. Plus, we’ve told you how to extend your hugs to massage in order to continue the benefits beyond infancy. And the benefits don’t stop there. Consistently significant results have dominated the research regarding the therapeutic use of massage for a variety of special circumstances. Here are a few:

  • Premature infants have gained 47% more weight as a result of massage.
  • Infants who have been massaged demonstrate longer periods of alertness, less crying, and improved sleep patterns than infants who have not been massaged.
  • Massage has been shown to improve daily peak airflow readings for asthmatic children.
  • Conditions of dermatitis have been improved as a result of parental massage of the effected area.
  • Children with diabetes demonstrated decreased blood glucose levels following a month of massage.

It is important to note that massage is not a substitute for proper medical care. But, in many cases, massage can be an appropriate means to augment a child’s medical regime to increase the opportunity for improved outcomes.

— Mary Margaret Crombez

About the Author: Mary Margaret Crombez holds a B.S. in Special Education and Early Childhood Education, a Master’s degree in Parent and Pre-School Education and a Post Graduate Certificate in Infant Mental Health. She has been a Certified Infant Massage Instructor since 1990.  As an at-home mom, Mary appreciates work activities that allow her to remain consistently available to her family while supporting her own professional development. Currently Mary teaches Infant Massage and the As Your Baby Grows series for Beaumont’s Prenatal and Family Education department. 

Beaumont Hospital offers Infant Massage classes at two locations.

2 Responses to “Touch and Massage for Special Circumstances”

  1. 1 Anonymous May 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Things that I did not know. Thank you for this great information.

  1. 1 Massage for Fun and Learning « Beaumont Parenting Program Trackback on May 13, 2011 at 7:25 am

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